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Food for Living: Direction is Better than Speed

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Greetings Friends,

I strongly believe we have adjusted to or settled well in 2019. We are in the second quarter of the year and gradually approaching the second half of the year. Some of us made resolutions early this year and have achieved some of our plans while working on the rest, while some of us are yet to achieve our goals. Regardless of where you are, just keep striving for success in addition to adjusting to the needs of the world. You can do this by learning, unlearning and relearning. According to Alvin Toffler “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learnunlearn, and relearn.” If you are yet to make an impact in 2019 in your business, academic or personal life, a pertinent question you have to ask yourself is am I treading in the right direction or am I just moving in motion?

Today we shall be discussing direction and speed and how it can affect our productivity in life both personal, academic, professional, social, business and life in general. The world is truly a small village where everyone is connected in one way or another. The interesting thing about this 21st century is the effect of digital technology. The world seems to be moving in a fast pace environment. The question you really want to ask yourself is, who am I? What am I passionate about? Where would I like to be or end up? What are my values, mission, and vision towards life? These are some of the questions we would be discussing in order to move ahead in life.

Direction basically means the management or guidance of someone or something, while speed is the rate at which someone or something is able to move or operate. Speed or movement often doesn’t equate or lead to acceleration. What matters is how productive you are. This is because you might be busy doing nothing.  In order to appreciate this topic, you need to position your mind towards your vision. In your journey towards life, you need to ask yourself what do I want to achieve as a student, professional, or business owner.

Before we go into the meat of the conversation, I will like to ask you a question, are you happy where you are now? If no, are the action steps you are taking to achieve your goals taking you in the direction of success? If no, I think it will be right to examine the need to go back to the drawing board.

One of the greatest pain that can befall a progressive mind is investing your time and resources into a project only to discover that you had the wrong tools to execute the project. Just imagine if you are farmer planting your seed in a wrong soil or season. The effort can be likened to being a fruitless effort.

Furthermore, imagine yourself driving with a Global Positioning System (GPS), and you miss an exit due to speed or not paying enough attention to the direction. This singular act could lead to extra miles depending on the nature of the road. That’s why it is very important to pay attention to details. If you will agree with me, driving is not an easy task because you need to be focused otherwise you’ll miss the lights. For example, the green signals you to move ahead, the yellow signs signal you to be cautious while the red signs mean you have to stop. If you can comprehend this thought process, you should be in a better position to plan wisely.

We all know that to have a successful creative life, you need passion, perseverance, and grit. You need that drive deep within yourself that literally can’t be without creativity, for without it, you may as well not exist. It’s the same way writers feel about writing, or actors feel about acting. But then, they know the path they want to thread and end up in life all things being equal.

Accomplishing any major feat in life requires passion, energy, and sacrifice to truly succeed. Sometimes, you do what you have to do. For instance, if you are interested in a particular industry, common sense entails you do internships and volunteer in order to gain insight and experience in the industry.  I have seen people who took a cut just to learn a particular trade at the expense of high paying jobs waving at them. These are the truly great minds who know what they truly want in life. Let’s take the case of the Former President of USA, Barack Obama, after his law school education, he had juicy appointments from Wall Street, he left those high paying jobs for community work which he’s passionate about. It was during this time that that other great minds and interested persons saw his passion and heart for service. They not only nurtured him, but they gave him opportunities and believed in him. Today, the rest is history.

Every company or organization normally take stock of their products from time to time to examine their books and business to know if they are moving in the right direction as opposed to following the bang wagon. In the same vein, you have to ask yourself the same question(s) to determine if you are in the right path to our dreams, mission and vision in life.

As human beings, we are always in a haste to get things done. Some of us don’t have the patience to go through the right training to get things done. This training involves preparation and examination to access how far we have come in life and where we intend to go.  In order to succeed in life, you need to be focused, you need to listen to great minds especially people who have gone through the route you want to embark upon. You also need people with insightful ideas for mentorship.

One of the greatest reasons why most people fail in life is because they fail to listen to advice. Some of them don’t even evaluate their plan. Let’s see the relativity and difference between direction and speed. According to Abraham Lincoln, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.  Abraham Lincoln is merely telling us about the importance of preparation in life. Isn’t it true that failing to prepare is preparing to fail?

The direction you are heading is more important than the speed you are moving to get there, it makes no sense worrying about how long you are taking to achieve your goals. The point is, are you going in the right direction?

It is pertinent to note that there’s no competition in life, we all walk at our pace and time. To truly succeed in any field of life, it’s important to know your needs and when to do the needful. This is because failing to prepare is preparing to fail. You must know your niche, your audience and yourself, otherwise, you may hit the rock. According to Oyindamola Johnson, the Founder, and C.E.O of Elevate Your Game, “Don’t let the “perceived” movement, success, speed, or achievements of others put you under any pressure, let you be in haste, or make you lose sight of your own progress and journey. In the race of life, there’s no collective start or end point. Each one starts their own race at their own time and on their own pace. Someone running on a treadmill and another running a marathon are both “moving”, one is, however, on one spot, while the other is accelerating”.

So how do you stay on track and in the right direction?

§  Slow things down, and don’t rush the process.

§  Don’t compare yourself to others, focus on your goals. Don’t get distracted by what others are churning out.

§  Don’t be afraid to ‘waste time’ trying new things or making mistakes. It’s part of figuring out what works for you and what doesn’t, which defines your direction.

§  Set mini goals and revisit them regularly, but meet them in your own time.

§  If you find yourself stressed and overwhelmed then take a break. It’s that simple. The world is not going to end if you miss a post or if a job is taking longer then you thought.

In summary, celebrate the small wins daily, be inspired by others, but own your race, story, journey and keep moving because at the end of the day, it is not how far, but how well.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with New York City Department of Correction as the legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success.

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REDAN Visits Adron Homes, Commends Efforts of Real Estate to Nigeria’s GDP

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The President, Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Prince Akinloye Adeoye, along with his Executive team, which consist of Dr Kunle Adeyemi, Vice President, REDAN(South/West) and Mr Jide Ogunleye, REDAN Secretary visited the Chairman and Group Managing Director of Adron Homes and Properties, Aare Adetola Emmanuel King, at the company’s headquarters in Omole Phase 1, Lagos.

During the courtesy visit, the team headed by Prince Akinloye applauded Adron Homes and Properties for its efforts in providing affordable housing schemes and praised the company for consistently bridging the gap between the masses and affordable urban development. Prince Akinloye also commended Adron Homes for transforming many individuals from tenants to landlords, emphasizing the company’s transparency, commitment, and reliability which has set a positive example for other real estate brokers in Nigeria.

He highlighted the significant contribution of the real estate sector to Nigeria’s GDP, citing statistics from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics for Q1 of 2024. He stressed the need for the government to uphold development standards, enhance industry regulations, and eliminate unethical practices in the real estate business. According to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, the real estate sector contributed N11.2 trillion, representing a 5.20% share of the GDP in Q1 of 2024. Although the sector showed nominal growth compared to the previous year, its real GDP growth was lower at 0.84%. He also disclosed that 11 trillion is more than enough to prove that real estate business in Nigeria is a lucrative business that has come to stay and also implored the government to remain committed to upholding tenets of development and enhancing regulation of the industry to meet global practices and also make quackery in the business a thing of the past.

“The construction sector contributed 4.0% to the GDP, with a nominal growth of 10.24%, though it experienced a real growth rate decline of -2.14% year-on-year. Experts attribute this growth to increased government policies and investments, growing population demands for shelter, and significant contributions from the Nigerian diaspora.”

The Host, Aare Adetola Emmanuel King also commended the effort of the REDAN President and his team for their listening ears and also their constant proactive steps to ensure the industry is well regulated and all ethics of the industry is upheld. He also disclosed that Adron Homes will always be in partnership with the leadership of REDAN and will remain committed and continue to serve as an example to other real estate players on the issues of integrity and sincerity of purpose. He also disclosed that the visit will further rejig Adron’s commitment to more development of Homes and also continued partnership with the government to ensure affordable homes get more handy for all sundry.

Aare Adetola also implores the leadership of REDAN to enact more policies that will further put the business on a high pedestal which will enhance more funding, more investment through Foreign Direct Investment and also getting government support in the reduction of building materials and other household items which is currently serving as a bottleneck for the development of the business which has caused many Real estate companies to fold up, while some have started cutting corners due to high rates of materials.

“When materials are quite affordable, real estate will thrive. There would be buyers and off-takers. But with the current prices of cement, wood, nails, paints etc the prices of real estate are soaring high to the roof Government intervention and reducing tariffs on the importation of building materials will help cushion the effect and also put many back in business. Adron Homes and Properties is committed and we are here for collaboration for national development.”

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Glo Creates Opportunity for Phone Lovers to Own Latest Samsung Fold/Flip 6

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Phone lovers can own the latest Samsung Fold/Flip 6  by pre-ordering, digital solutions provider, Globacom, has assured its customers. So tablets, offering a versatile experience for productivity and entertainment”.

In a press statement issued in Lagos, the company said that the offer covers Samsung Z Fold 6 256GB which goes for N2,795,000; Samsung Z Fold 6 512GB for N2,974,000; Samsung Z Fold 6 1TB for N3,331,000 and Samsung Z Fold 6 256GB for N1,674,000 only.

Similarly, Samsung Z Fold 6 512GB which goes for N1,853,000; Samsung Z Fold 6 512 Eco package for N3,635,000; Samsung Z Fold 6 1TB Eco package for N3,992,000 and Samsung Z Fold 6 512 GB eco package for N2,223,600 are also on offer.

Globacom added that customers will enjoy free 18G of data from Glo over six months when they buy  any of the phones.

The innovative devices transform from smartphones to tablets, offering a versatile experience for productivity and entertainment, Globacom disclosed in a press statement in Lagos.

Globacom advised interested buyers to  pre-order any of the devices which come in different colours from now until July 31st, 2024 by  registering for preorder using the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfJKl18DDmlGAvwUDQcoQVdlWOwcDQYW1-vb3r_D_rRVmwSw/viewform or they visit any Gloworld shop across the country to make the pre-order at the  minimum deposit of N500,000.

Samsung Fold/Flip 6 phones are the latest products from world-class handheld device manufacturers, Samsung, with whom Globacom enjoys an existing sales arrangement.

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AI Ignite Africa Hosts Groundbreaking Summit in Lagos

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The AI & the Content, Marketing & Communications Revolution in Africa Summit is set to take place on July 26, 2024, at The Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos by 11 AM.

This groundbreaking event hosted by AI Africa in collaboration with Global Tech Africa will bring together industry leaders, marketing technology experts, and innovative content creators to explore the transformative power of AI in marketing, communications, and content creation across the African continent.

The summit will feature insightful panel discussions including “The Future of Customer Engagement: AI Applications in Marketing,” which will delve into how AI reshapes customer engagement strategies and drives innovation in the marketing sector. Moderated by Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh, Principal Consultant/Founder WildFlower PR, the panel will include esteemed panelists such as Oye Akideinde, GM of Digital Innovations at Airtel; Chuka Obi, Director of Innovations at Glo; Rukevwe Toka, Marketing Manager for West Africa; and Fred Akinmuyisitan, Head of Portfolio Strategy at The Heineken Company.

The second panel, “AI for Content Creation: Productivity, Revenue, and Ethics,” will explore the impact of AI on content creation, highlighting how AI tools enhance productivity and generate revenue while addressing ethical considerations. This discussion will be moderated by David I. Adeleke, Africa Editor at Rest of World, and will feature prominent stakeholders in the content creation and management space such as Abuch Ugwu, CEO of Chocolate City/Humanz, acclaimed tech content creator Tobi Ayeni, also known as Ms. Techy; and communications leader, Adedoyin Jaiyesimi, Co-Founder of The Comms Avenue.

In addition to the panel discussions, the summit will unveil and showcase AI-driven products designed to revolutionize marketing, influencer marketing, and PR workflows. The summit will highlight AI-powered tools like Maxxiti and Palet. This product showcases promise to offer attendees a first-hand look at innovative solutions that can significantly enhance their marketing and content strategies.

“AI isn’t just a buzzword in marketing, content, and communications in Africa; it’s a catalyst for innovation and growth. The AI Ignite Africa Summit is where we ignite that spark, bringing together visionaries and changemakers to harness AI’s power for a brighter future.” – Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh, Organizer, AI Ignite Africa Summit. We’re not just discussing the future; we’re shaping it with AI. This is where Africa’s brightest minds converge to unlock AI’s revolutionary potential for marketing, content creation, and beyond,” she added.

The first AI Ignite Africa is organized in partnership with the prestigious Global Tech Africa; a collaborative platform where key players in the African and international tech scene come together to drive growth opportunities and build a thriving tech landscape across the continent. Register for the summit here.

“We are excited to collaborate with AI Ignite Africa,” explains founder Dr Inya Lawal. “Our collaboration underscores the vital role of AI in driving innovation and transformation across sectors. This summit will serve as a platform for industry leaders and experts to share insights and explore new frontiers in customer engagement, marketing strategies, and content creation. We are excited to see the impact of these discussions on the future of AI in Africa,” she added.

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